If you’re prepared to go long haul with the family, there are some truly superb family resorts in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean.
BLUE WATERS ANTIGUA
Antigua is a great option, thanks to the direct flights, good infrastructure and excellent hotels. Blue Waters is a warm and friendly resort on the north coast of Antigua. It’s a great choice for families of all ages, with a creche for infants and a kids club for ages 4-12 years. With 2 beaches and 3 swimming pools, and just 65 rooms it never feels overcrowded. There are many comfortable room choices for families, including spacious villas which are ideal. Another great feature is the All-Inclusive package – excellent value for money!
CARLISLE BAY ANTIGUA
If you’re looking for a little more luxury or sophisitcation, the stylish Carlisle Bay is the place to go. It’s all suites here, so there is plenty of space in the rooms and kids club is excellent.
THE INDIAN OCEAN
In the Indian Ocean, we would recommend Mauritius for younger families and the Maldives for those with slightly older children. Mauritius hotels are excellent value for money and are really geared up for children. Don’t let the 12 hour flight put you off…the time difference is only plus 4 hours so the jet lag is manageable, and the there are overnight flights both ways to maximise your time in the sun.
Most of the resorts in Mauritius are very family oriented but Anahita is our stand out favourite for younger families, as all the rooms come with a separate lounge, kitchen and dining area with either 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms. The kids club accepts children free of charge from 8 months, and there are loads of fun and exclusive activities both inside and outside the resort.
For older families, the Maldives represents an exciting adventure into a water-world of desert islands and blue lagoons. Choose the right resort and there is no chance of the kids getting cabin fever from being on a small island! Some of our family favourites include, Anantara Dhigu, Constance Halaveli and Lux* Maldives, all of which have more than enough to keep the children happy as well as that touch of Maldivian luxury and style.